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Framework for Student Learning

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Framework for Student Learning

  1. 1. Framework for Student LearningCompetencies for Engaged Thinkers and Ethical Citizens with an Entrepreneurial Spirit
  2. 2. Framework for Student Learning Competencies forEngaged Thinkers and Ethical Citizens with an Entrepreneurial Spirit
  3. 3. ALBERTA EDUCATION CATALOGUING IN PUBLICATION DATAAlberta. Alberta Education. Framework for student learning : competencies for engaged thinkers andethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit.ISBN 978–0–7785–9647–9 (online)Available online: Competency-based education – Alberta. 2. Educational evaluation – Alberta.3. Curriculum change – Alberta. 4. Education – Standards – Alberta. I. Title.LC1033.5.C22A3 A333 2011 379.154For further information, contact:Alberta EducationAction on Curriculum – Planning and Standards Sector8th Floor, 44 Capital Boulevard10044 – 108 Street NWEdmonton, Alberta, Canada T5J 5E6Telephone: 780–427–2984 in Edmonton ortoll-free in Alberta by dialling 310–0000Copyright © 2011, the Crown in Right of Alberta, as represented by the Minister of Education. Alberta Education,Action on Curriculum – Planning and Standards Sector, 8th Floor, 44 Capital Boulevard, 10044 – 108 Street NW,Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T5J 5E6.Every effort has been made to provide proper acknowledgement of original sources. If cases are identified wherethis has not been done, please notify Alberta Education so appropriate corrective action can be taken.Permission is given by the copyright owner to reproduce this document for educational purposes and on anonprofit basis, with the exception of materials cited for which Alberta Education does not own copyright.Permission is also granted for sharing the electronic files via network capabilities at the school or jurisdiction level.Cette publication est disponible en français.
  4. 4. ©Alberta Education, Alberta, Canada Framework for Student Learning 1IntroductionSeveral major initiatives including but not limited to InspiringEducation: A Dialogue with Albertans, Setting the Direction forSpecial Education in Alberta, Speak Out: The Alberta StudentEngagement Initiative and Literacy First: A Plan for Action, haveprovided Albertans with an opportunity to participate in dialoguesabout the kind of education that students will need in the 21stcentury.Following up on the results of these initiatives and dialogues withAlbertans, Alberta Education has begun the implementation of sixinterrelated action agendas outlined in Alberta Education ActionAgenda 2011–14. Action on Curriculum is focused on the standards,guidelines and processes for curriculum development and thecompetencies that Alberta students will need to demonstrate inorder to meet the opportunities and challenges of the future.The Framework for Student Learning: Competencies for EngagedThinkers and Ethical Citizens with an Entrepreneurial Spirit is theresult of a review of educational literature and research and otherprovincial and international frameworks for learning, and onlineconsultations and face-to-face engagements with educators, parentgroups, students, teachers, school administrators, researchers,employers and non-governmental organizations. These activitiesconfirmed among other things, general support for thecompetencies, described in Inspiring Action on Education (2010), thatcontribute to an inclusive education system and success for allstudents. Embedding competencies in curriculum will enableeducators to develop engaging and relevant learning experiences forAlberta students.The Framework for Student Learning: Competencies for EngagedThinkers and Ethical Citizens with an Entrepreneurial Spirit is afoundational element for the review and replacement of the studentlearning outcomes in the current Ministerial Order (MO) on theGoals and Standards Applicable to the Provision of Basic Education.The Framework and the new MO, along with revised standards,guidelines and processes, will provide direction for the developmentof future curriculum (programs of study, assessment, and learningand teaching resources).
  5. 5. 2 Framework for Student Learning ©Alberta Education, Alberta, Canada Framework for Student Learning The Framework for Student Learning outlines the relationships among literacy, numeracy, competencies and subject/discipline areas essential for students to become engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit. This is one of many possible graphics that could be used to illustrate the Framework for Student Learning.
  6. 6. ©Alberta Education, Alberta, Canada Framework for Student Learning 3StudentThe student is at the centre of all decisions and discussions The following statements reflectrelated to curriculum. students’ ideas and comments made in various engagements. They represent how students might describe what they value, know andLiteracy and Numeracy are able to do:Literacy and numeracy are foundational to student learning. I am creative in using differentBeing literate and numerate means going beyond the basic skills ways of communicating inof reading, writing and solving simple arithmetic problems to different situations. In my everyday life, I can useacquiring, creating, connecting and understanding information. mathematical information and ideas that are represented in a variety of ways.CompetenciesA competency is an interrelated set of attitudes, skills and I see the need for a broad rangeknowledge that is drawn upon and applied to a particular context of competencies in my daily life,for successful learning and living. Competencies are developed both inside and outside of school.over time and through a set of related learner outcomes. Thefollowing competency groupings contain descriptions of theattitudes, skills and knowledge that contribute to studentsbecoming engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with anentrepreneurial spirit.Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision MakingAlberta students review, analyze and assess information from a To build my knowledge, Ivariety of sources and points of view. They use application, reflect on my own thinkinganalysis, evaluation and conceptualization as appropriate for the and am open to new ideas. I can see the strengths andcontext. As critical thinkers, they use metacognition to reflect on weaknesses of my own pointtheir thinking and recognize strengths and weaknesses in their of view and in the points ofreasoning and in the positions presented by others. Students view of others. I believe in myhave the confidence and capacity to solve a range of problems, ability to solve problems andfrom simple to complex and including novel to ill-defined, related make good their learning, their work or their personal lives. They usemultiple approaches to solving a problem and understand that aproblem can have several solutions. They use a variety ofresources in arriving at a solution and use the knowledge andexperience gained to inform their ability to solve problems andmake decisions in the future.
  7. 7. 4 Framework for Student Learning ©Alberta Education, Alberta, Canada Creativity and InnovationI can come up with original Alberta students are optimistic, curious and open to new andwork and ideas. I appreciate diverse ideas. They appreciate the creative works of others, valuethe creativity of others. aesthetic expression and demonstrate initiative, imagination,Making mistakes is okay spontaneity and ingenuity in a range of creative processes. Theybecause they help me learn,and result in better work. generate original ideas and recognize when a new or existing ideaWhen things get or product can be applied to a specific context. They recognizechallenging, I try not to give and accept mistakes as part of the creative process and as anup because I know that this opportunity to learn. Students demonstrate flexibility andis part of learning, and life adaptability in response to change. They embrace ambiguity andas I look for solutions. uncertainty and are willing to take risks, and demonstrate initiative, resiliency and perseverance when faced with obstacles and challenges. Social, Cultural, Global and Environmental ResponsibilityI do my best to protect Alberta students are responsible and contribute positively to thethe environment and try quality and sustainability of their environment, communities andto be a positive member society. They appreciate social, cultural, economic andof my community. I have environmental interconnectedness and diversity, demonstratea good understanding ofwhere I live, who I am stewardship, and respect the rights and beliefs of others within localand where I come from. and global communities. Their potential to contribute to theirIt is important to respect communities, including as volunteers, is enhanced through theirthe rights of others and personal understanding of place and their ability to value fairness,believe in people because equity and the principles of a democratic society. As activethat is what makes a good participants in their local and global community, they act responsiblysociety. I want to live in a and ethically in building and sustaining communities. In developingsociety where there isfairness, equality, their identity, learners see themselves as individuals and as activecompassion and freedom. agents of a broader world. CommunicationIt is important to be a Alberta students understand and interpret the thoughts, ideas andgood listener and to emotions of others and express themselves clearly and effectively, inrespect others by trying to appropriate ways, for different audiences and for a variety ofunderstand their ideas and purposes within local and global communities. Depending on theemotions. When Icommunicate with others, context, they choose the appropriate medium through which toI am clear and confident. communicate. They communicate formally and informally within literary, mathematical, scientific, social and artistic contexts. They use a variety of verbal and nonverbal modes to communicate with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Students demonstrate the ability to listen with purpose and interact respectfully with others, read for information and enjoyment, and speak and write appropriately.
  8. 8. ©Alberta Education, Alberta, Canada Framework for Student Learning 5Digital and Technological FluencyAlberta students competently use information and I use technologies as tools tocommunication technologies as tools in a variety of digital learn by myself or to shareenvironments and media. Students access information from a with others. They help me find information, communicatevariety of sources to learn individually or with others, to with others, solve problemscommunicate, to come to new understandings, to inform problem and make decisions. I knowsolving, and support decision making. They are aware of current how to choose the rightand emerging information and communication technologies and technology for my needs andchoose with confidence the appropriate technology for a defined how to use it safely andpurpose. Students can access, understand and manipulate digital properly.information creatively and effectively for learning, forcommunication and for sharing and creation. They use technologycritically and safely, and in an ethically responsible manner.Lifelong Learning, Personal Management and Well-beingAlberta students understand that learning is a lifelong endeavour. Learning is happening allThey use their talents and passions to contribute to their around me, and I know that itcommunities and manage their strengths and areas in need of is important to use my unique talents and passions. I need toimprovement. They manage the various roles they have in life, understand how I learn best,and balance school, work and other life priorities. They seek and where I need to improve.opportunities for personal and professional growth, explore The different parts of my lifecareer possibilities and plan accordingly as they confront and my relationships need tochallenges and adapt to change. They are self-directed and be balanced if I am to beself-aware, using this knowledge to make responsible personal successful. Making strong,choices and decisions. They demonstrate understanding of the responsible decisions and planning for my future willimportance of education, safety, financial literacy and personal help me have a safe, happywellness, with commitment to lifestyle choices based on healthy and healthy future.attitudes and actions. Students take ownership of, andresponsibility for, their emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritualand social well-being.Collaboration and LeadershipAlberta students demonstrate leadership in their personal lives I try to be a positive roleand in their communities. They seek to provide guidance, inspire model by showing respect,others to action and direct or influence others to achieve a shared building good relationships and cooperating with others.purpose or vision. They build respectful, caring and effective I accept responsibility for myrelationships to manage conflict and differences and to seek actions. I understand thatconsensus in the pursuit of common goals. They accept when working with people Iresponsibility for their actions as individuals and share need to be flexible and shareresponsibility as team members. In a team situation, they work responsibility. These are goodwith others to influence, motivate and mentor all members. They leadership skills that canshow flexibility in being able to work with a diversity of people in influence, guide and motivatevarying situations. As leaders, they use their influence and powers others.responsibly and keep the interests of the larger community andgroup in mind.
  9. 9. 6 Framework for Student Learning ©Alberta Education, Alberta, Canada Subject/Discipline Areas Subject and discipline areas are organized bodies of knowledge that have unique ways by which knowledge is created, changed, verified, communicated and generalized. Subject areas provide a context for the development of competencies and opportunities for interdisciplinary learning. The learning outcomes within a subject or discipline help students to develop and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of competencies. Vision, Values and Mission Alberta Education’s vision and values guide the Ministry and its partners in the transformation of ECS–12 education in Alberta. Vision All students are inspired to achieve success and fulfillment as engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit. Alberta Education Action Agenda 2011–14 Inspiring Education: A Dialogue with Albertans provided more information about the three “E’s” by stating that the education system should strive to instill the following qualities and abilities in our youth.I can collaborate to create • Engaged Thinker: who thinks critically and makes discoveries;new knowledge. who uses technology to learn, innovate, communicate, and discover; who works with multiple perspectives and disciplines to identify problems and find the best solutions; who communicates these ideas to others; and who, as a life-long learner, adapts to change with an attitude of optimism and hope for the future.I do the right thing • Ethical Citizen: who builds relationships based on humility,because it is the right fairness and open-mindedness; who demonstrates respect,thing to do. empathy and compassion; and who through teamwork, collaboration and communication contributes fully to the community and the world.I create new opportunities. • Entrepreneurial Spirit: who creates opportunities and achieves goals through hard work, perseverance and discipline; who strives for excellence and earns success; who explores ideas and challenges the status quo; who is competitive, adaptable and resilient; and who has the confidence to take risks and make bold decisions in the face of adversity. Inspiring Education: A Dialogue with AlbertansText for the three “E’s” updated.
  10. 10. ©Alberta Education, Alberta, Canada Framework for Student Learning 7ValuesThe vision is based on the values of opportunity, fairness,citizenship, choice, diversity and excellence. Alberta Education Action Agenda 2011–14MissionCollaborate to inspire every student to engage in high quality,inclusive learning opportunities needed to develop competenciesrequired to contribute to an enriched society and a sustainableeconomy. Education Business Plan 2011–14
  11. 11. 8 Framework for Student Learning ©Alberta Education, Alberta, Canada Appendix Engagements with Educational Partners and Communities on the Framework for Student Learning and Competencies (2010–2011) Inspiring Action Transformation Guide (August 2010) • Education stakeholders (students, the Alberta Teachers’ Association [ATA], parents, industry, post-secondary institutions and Alberta Education staff) provided responses to questions on competencies in this online guide. College of Alberta School Superintendents Fall Conference (November 5, 2010) • This annual conference included participants from, Alberta Education, the ATA, the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA), the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS), Alberta school authorities (public, separate and Francophone), charter schools and the University of Alberta. Alberta Teachers’ Association Curriculum Committee (January 17, 2011) • This standing committee includes practicing Alberta teachers, members of the ATA’s Provincial Executive Council, curriculum specialists, observers from Alberta Education and CASS, and ATA staff officers. Alberta Education’s Council on Alberta Teaching Standards (February 7, 2011) • This People and Research Division committee includes representation from CASS, ASBA, the ATA, the Association of Alberta Deans of Education, and the Association of Independent Schools and Colleges in Alberta (AISCA). Alberta Education’s Curriculum Policy Advisory Committee (February 23, 2011) • This Education Program Standards and Assessment Division standing committee has representation from CASS, Alberta school authorities, the ATA, Alberta Education, students, the Council of Presidents of Colleges and Technical Institutes, ASBA, business and industry, l’Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta, Alberta Employment and Immigration, and Alberta Advanced Education and Technology.
  12. 12. ©Alberta Education, Alberta, Canada Framework for Student Learning 9CASS/Alberta Education Learning Symposium (March 15, 2011)• This joint symposium on education initiatives arising from Inspiring Education and Setting the Direction had participants from, Alberta Education, the Provincial Assessment Consortia, the Government of the Northwest Territories, CASS, the ATA, Alberta school authorities (public, separate and Francophone), the Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia, the Alberta Assessment Consortium and Renfrew Educational Services.FNMI Education Specialist Council (March 18, 2011)• This annual ATA event included representatives from Confederation of Treaty 6, Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta, Treaty 7 Management Corporation, the Métis Nation of Alberta, the Métis Settlements General Council, the ATA, Alberta Advanced Education and Technology, and Alberta Education.Alberta Education’s Action on Curriculum Research Roundtable 1(April 11–12, 2011)• This significant event to the development of competencies for student learning was part of the Action on Curriculum project and included representatives from Alberta school authorities (public, separate and Francophone), the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI), Alberta Education, the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, charter schools, Save Our Fine Arts (SOFA), Triune Enterprises Inc., the University of Calgary Biogeoscience Institute, Renfrew Educational Services, Alberta Health and Wellness, the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Alberta Distance Learning Centre, Galileo Educational Network, the Alberta Council for Environmental Education, the SEEDS Foundation, the Critical Thinking Consortium, the ATA, Phoenix Home Education, Canada Safeway, Alberta Film, Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Ambrose University College, Reading Wings Inc., Speak Out Alberta, and the Alberta Home Education Association. Delegates spent an entire day developing a common understanding of competencies and refining the competency categories and descriptors. For more detailed information about Roundtable 1, please access the event overview at t.aspx.
  13. 13. 10 Framework for Student Learning ©Alberta Education, Alberta, Canada Alberta’s Student Engagement Initiative: Speak Out Conference (April 16, 2011) • This third annual conference included hundreds of students from across Alberta as well as representation from the Minister’s Student Advisory Council, Alberta Education, the ATA, CASS, Alberta school authorities, and parents. At the conference, a workshop for students provided Alberta Education with the opportunity to access a good provincial view and diverse representation of students. The workshop provided an opportunity to collect information on how students obtain competencies in and out of school, and how competencies contribute to students’ development. The conference also included a workshop for chaperones, who were able to provide their perspectives on the role of competencies in students’ education. Alberta Education’s FNMI Elder Advisory Committee (April 26, 2011) • This standing committee consists of indigenous language and culture experts and members from the Dene Suline, Kainai Board of Education, Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council, Tsuut’ina Gunaha Project, Plains Cree, Meskanahk Ka-Nipa-Wit School, Piikani, Gwich’in Cree and Métis, Métis Nation of Alberta, Athabasca Tribal Council, Nakoda Nation, Kehewin Band, Métis Settlements General Council, Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta, Dene Tha’ First Nation, Siksika Education Authority, Canadian Native Friendship Centre, and Northland School Division No. 61. College of Alberta School Superintendents/Alberta Education Annual Conference (April 29, 2011) • This annual joint conference includes students and participants from CASS, the ATA, Alberta Education, the Council of Presidents of Colleges and Technical Institutes, ASBA, the Alberta School Councils’ Association (ASCA), business and industry, l’Association canadienne- française de l’Alberta, Alberta Employment and Immigration, and Alberta Advanced Education and Technology.